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March 2009 Blog Posts (16)

RE: UNFCCC project to help countries calculate adaptation costs /useful book on adaptation costs


Did this story yesterday on the UNFCCC project, NEEDS and a bit on a new OECD book which takes a critical look at all those adaptation cost studies out there:

cheers, jaspreet

Added by Jaspreet Kindra on March 31, 2009 at 11:41 — No Comments

Climate and Coconuts

Millions of people in the tropics depend on coconuts for food, raw materials and liveli-hood. They are a high value commercial crop. But like any crop, coconuts are at risk of drought and other prolonged events. By using climate science and better agricultural forecast models, the IRI has helped increase the resilience of coconut plantations to climate variability in one of the world's major producers, Sri Lanka.

Read the full story on the… Continue

Added by Francesco Fiondella on March 30, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments

News you can use on the path to COP15

We at Climate Consortium Denmark have given birth to a new COP15 newsletter. The newsletter called Climate Answers will provide you with news and feature stories about the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December, COP15 and about the wide variety of Danish Cleantech solutions (you can subscribe here).

Denmark is not only hosting the COP15, but is also home to a range of energy solutions that work as… Continue

Added by Eva Tingkær on March 30, 2009 at 11:37 — No Comments

How to protect forests, improve lives and tackle climate change

The International Institute for Environment and Development has published a two short papers that describe how to protect forests, improve people’s lifes and livelihoods and help to address climate change.

The papers show ways to implement REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), which is one of the tools likely to feature in the new global plan to tackle climate change that governments are negotiating this year.

The author, Virgilio Viana knows… Continue

Added by MikeShanahan on March 26, 2009 at 15:25 — No Comments

Cities produce surprisingly low carbon emissions per capita

Greenhouse gas emissions of city dwellers are often far smaller than the national averages, says a study in the April issue of Environment and Urbanization by David Dodman of the International Institute for Environment and Development.

Dodman argues that the tendency to identify cities as major culprits in causing climate change diverts attention from the main driver of greenhouse gas emissions, namely unsustainable consumption, especially in the world’s more affluent… Continue

Added by MikeShanahan on March 26, 2009 at 15:24 — No Comments

Africa's water crisis: a quarter of a billion dollars down the drain

New research from the International Institute for Environment and Development... Here is the press release.

Added by MikeShanahan on March 20, 2009 at 16:29 — No Comments

Q&A: 'Jasad Will Find Ways to Assert Itself'

"We told you so," is one phrase that 'Jasad' magazine founder and editor-in-chief Joumana Haddad never ever wants to hear from family and friends. When she decided to push through with the no-holds-barred publication, people told her she was crazy and predicted she would give in to pressure from critics.

But two issues later, Haddad looks at the magazine's future with optimism. If the 3,000 maiden issue copies that were sold out in 11 days were any indication, then it looks like… Continue

Added by Lynette Lee Corporal on March 16, 2009 at 10:58 — No Comments

In Lebanon, 'Jasad' Magazine Defies Taboos

By Lynette Lee Corporal

BANGKOK, Mar 16 (AMF) — 'Jasad', a Lebanese magazine that is challenging taboos in the Arab world, has gone full speed ahead with its second issue this month - at the risk of earning the ire of more conservative sectors.

In contrast to its first issue that presented a suggestive photo of a naked woman wrapped in red silken fabric, the quarterly magazine's latest cover shows a naked women's intricately painted torso with only a pair of hands covering… Continue

Added by Lynette Lee Corporal on March 16, 2009 at 10:30 — No Comments

Climate Change Media Partnership video clips of 2008 journalist fellows

IIED has new YouTube clips of Climate Change Media Partnership journalists from Vietnam, Bangladesh, Brazil & Peru who we brought to the UN climate change summit in Poznan in December 2008.

Send me an email if you want to join the mailing list to learn about the 2009 Climate Change Media Partnership fellowships.

Best wishes

Added by MikeShanahan on March 11, 2009 at 11:05 — No Comments

Latest id21 insights (newly redesigned): #76 Making health markets work for poor people, March 2009


Making health markets work for poor people

id21 insights #76, March 2009


In many countries people use a wide variety of market based providers of health-related goods and services ranging from highly organised and regulated hospitals and specialist doctors to informal health workers and drug sellers operating outside the legal framework.… Continue

Added by Anna Thompson on March 10, 2009 at 18:55 — No Comments

Video interview: Virgilio Viana on how to protect forests and tackle climate change

Forests play a key role in climate. In this video interview by the International Institute for Environment and Development, Virgílio Viana explains why forests matter, how best to protect them, and what world leaders need to do to ensure we can use forests sustainably in the fight against climate change.

Virgílio Viana is one of the world's leading experts on forestry, environment and sustainable development. He served as Secretary of State for Environment… Continue

Added by MikeShanahan on March 10, 2009 at 10:58 — No Comments

New IFPRI Paper: Understanding Farmers' Perceptions and Adaptations to Climate Change and Variability

International Food Policy Research Institute

Understanding Farmers' Perceptions and Adaptations to Climate Change and Variability: The Case of the Limpopo Basin, South Africa

By Glwadys Aymone Gbetibouo

Climate change is expected to have serious environmental, economic, and social impacts on South Africa. In particular, rural farmers, whose livelihoods depend on the use of natural resources, are likely to bear the… Continue

Added by Christina Lakatos on March 9, 2009 at 19:27 — No Comments

Future Research on Media and the Environment

I am interested in how organizations are using old and new media to build capacity for addressing critical and complex environmental concerns, especially in India and the U.S. What follows is a draft proposal for my research. I would love to link up with scholars, journalists, activists, scientists, etc. that have similar interests and welcome any comments!

send me a message if you'd like the .doc paper

"Environmental Media Organizations:

Leveraging Media… Continue

Added by Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn on March 6, 2009 at 21:30 — No Comments

An interview with Graeme Hammer on Climate risk management

All, wanted to share with you a Q&A session I had with Graeme Hammer, a specialist in crop ecophysiology and modeling from the University of Queensland, Australia. In the next year, we'll be posting more Q&A's with scientists, economists, policy makers and others who have had important insights on how climate science and information can help meet the goals of development and adaptation.

Excerpt question/answer:

IRI:… Continue

Added by Francesco Fiondella on March 6, 2009 at 18:08 — No Comments

THAILAND: Women Reel from Unemployment

By Lynette Lee Corporal

BANGKOK, Mar 6 (Asia Media Forum) - "Please help me find a way to have some money for milk," pleaded Benjawan Marongthong, a mother of two young boys who used to work in a garments factory.

Laid off two years ago and unable to find work at a time when the ranks of the unemployed are growing amid the global economic downturn, Benjawan is almost at the end of her rope.

With her husband the only breadwinner in her family, she has to make the… Continue

Added by Lynette Lee Corporal on March 6, 2009 at 10:30 — No Comments as a Resource

Greetings to all.

I'm the web content manager for the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit educational organization in the United States. SEJ’s mission is to increase public understanding of environmental issues by improving the quality, accuracy and visibility of environmental news reporting. Our membership includes more than 1,500 highly qualified journalists, editors, educators and students working in print, broadcast and online news media… Continue

Added by Cindy MacDonald on March 2, 2009 at 23:15 — 2 Comments

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